September 20, Kampala – GGGI met with representatives from Makerere University in Kampala to discuss possible areas of partnership to mainstream Green Growth Planning and Research in the Academia. The meeting was attended by Peter Okubal, GGGI’s Country Representative for Uganda, Alex Chabanyuk, representing GGGI’s Human Resources Unit, and Dr. Moki Abubakar Muhammad, representative from the Cabinet Secretariat under the Office of the President of the Republic of Uganda. Around 20 staff participated from Makerere University, including heads of departments, professors, teaching assistants, researchers and masters’ students. The meeting took place at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climate science at Makerere University.
All parties agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen the collaboration as well as provide a general framework for cooperation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, building on their comparative advantages and ensuring their complementarity and mutual reinforcement.
Among the specific areas of collaboration, the parties will cooperate to support developing and emerging economies in the following areas: strengthening national, sub-national and local green growth planning, financing and institutional frameworks; increasing green public and private investment flows to convert green growth strategies and investment plans into implementable action; improving south-south cooperation and evidence-based knowledge sharing on green growth and sustainable development and advancing thought leadership to advance the theory and practice of green growth, drawing upon evidence from both the public and private sectors.
In order to increase engagement, GGGI and Makerere University agreed to take up the following actions: advocate for use of local expertise to conduct policy reviews and support to the entire government resources instead of using international experts, support to the improvement of the internship program, providing platform for Makerere University to provide their views during the development of the NDP III, collaborate with the president office through the Cabinet secretariat, supporting the University to develop the Mak 2020-2030 Strategy under the theme “Thought Leadership” and support them in conducting evidence based research.
About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 27 partner countries, both member and non-member, with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. GGGI has 28 Member countries from developed, developing countries, including Small Island Developing States, from South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific regions.